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Anyone carrying 44mag?

Discussion in 'Texas LTC / CHL' started by PinnedandRecessed, May 22, 2019.

  1. PinnedandRecessed

    PinnedandRecessed Allegedly TGT Supporter

    Feb 11, 2019
    Hays County
    I recently acquired a S&W 629PC snubbie. Most of the revolvers I own have barrels that start around 6 inches so I thought I'd try a snubbie that wasn't a J-frame to shake things up. I never really thought of carrying it for self defense.
    I will be going to SE Utah for vacation soon and thought about taking the 629 with me to serve as my mountain gun. In the past I have carried everything from 357 to 500mag. No bears have been encountered personally but there are plenty in the area as evidenced by scat and posted warning signs.
    I'm trying to pack lighter than usual so I'm considering just changing out the ammo in the 629 for when I'm in civilization vs the wild.
    Sooo, after that long winded intro, is anyone out there carrying 44mag for self defense? What ammo are you using? Would 44 SPL be better? I'll be using Underwood Extreme Penetrators while out in the wild to help make up for the short barrel. Open to suggestions. 20190328_000938_resized.jpg

  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    Underwood ammo in that puppy.
    Say gidee up and yeehaw....

    Vmax currently is in Alaska.
  3. oldag

    oldag TGT Addict

    Feb 19, 2015
    .44 mag.

    If the slug misses them, the fireball will get 'em. If the fireball doesn't get 'em, the concussion will. If the concussion doesn't get 'em, the noise will. In any case, at a minimum they will be blinded, stunned and deaf...

    Get an appropriate holster made to carry my .480 Ruger. :cool:
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  4. motorcarman

    motorcarman Compulsive Collector

    Feb 13, 2015
    Rural Wise County, TX.
    Dirty Harry meets the 'Scorpio-killer' with his model 29.

  5. Bithabus

    Bithabus ! TGT Supporter

    Aug 17, 2010
    .44 mag is badass
  6. vmax

    vmax TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Apr 15, 2013
    I usually like Buffalo Bore hardcast lead for big critter defense in back country
    If I cant get that just FMJ or anything beside soft lead or hollow points
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  7. diesel1959

    diesel1959 por vida Lifetime Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Houston & BFE
    In that revolver, I'd likely be stoking it with .44Spl, and wouldn't lose any sleep over the difference.
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  8. PinnedandRecessed

    PinnedandRecessed Allegedly TGT Supporter

    Feb 11, 2019
    Hays County
    I typically go that route but have been impressed by Lehigh bullets. Solid while still providing major hydrostatic shock and deep penetration.
  9. Maverick44

    Maverick44 Certified All-American Gun Nut

    I wouldn't hesitate to carry that gun for self defense (have though of getting a 3" 629 for awhile for that reason). I would load it with either hot 44 special or light 44 magnum. Full house 44 mag is going to over penetrate like a mother**** and quick followup shots would be a pipe dream. Regular 44 special kind of defeats the purpose of carrying a 44 mag. You might as well carry a 1911 at that point and have a few extra shots.

    Something around 1000 FPS would probably be good. Either a 200gr or a 240gr pill.
    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  10. baboon

    baboon TGT Addict

    If I ever thought I needed another large caliber revolver it would be a .41 magnum. I really don't care for the .44 magnum.

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